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HBT Daily: Looking ahead to tonight’s draft

Jun 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

We’re not necessarily draft experts here at HBT. But here’s a couple of things to know.

  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Yes, all those sons and grandsons are getting drafted because you know, they are rich. Not because they have talent, or work hard, it’s because daddy bought them the best glove and bats when young.

    All those rich kids from Latin American getting signed and becoming pros just confirms it……..

    Biggio earned his spot at Notre Dame just like Manny Jr. earned his ticket to Central Arizona. And you go and say something as ridiculous as that?

    Sad

    Hockey is a rich persons sport, not baseball, or do I need to go over the whole Latin America thing again?

    • 1920gsh - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      If you don’t think kids of wealthy families don’t have an advantage, you haven’t been to a LL or Pony game in while.

      Wealthy families can afford Travel Ball… not just the $2k plus per year in “membership” fees to the team, but cost of travelling, time off work and private lessons that go along with it. Having coached Little League the past several years, with very few exceptions, the difference between kids that play Travel and those that don’t is night and day in every phase of the game. All Star teams are almost exclusively Travel Ball players and most of the kids that don’t play Travel Ball slowly wash out because they don’t think they compete.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        If you think on some kids draft day is the day to ignorantly yammer about how he only made it because his daddy is rich you’re a buffoon.
        Craig admittedly doesn’t know JACK about prospects, scouting or the draft, yet it doesn’t stop him from taking a bunch of kids accomplishments and attempting to reduce them to moot.

        So is guess if your kids or Craigs ever accomplish anything in their youth, hopefully somebody will be there to tell them how they didn’t even it and had an advantage over everyone else.
        Someone hopefully will get on NBC and sum up their happy day as “Well you know, their parents….”

        Oh ya, you sure did blather a lot without ever touching on how well kids in Latin America play ball without being rich.

    • 1920gsh - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      DR, Venezuela and Cuba all have government supported and/or MLB team owned academies developing players.

  2. stex52 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Houston Chronicle had Gray as the Astros’ likely #1 choice over the weekend. Supposedly as high a ceiling as Appel but a more negotiable price. Then the Adderall thing hit. Rumor changed to Bryant, but he is a Boras client and the Astros have been saying they want the money free for other high draft choices to go over slot. Moran is mentioned as the fallback with good potential with a cheap price.

    Truth is, they don’t know, just like I don’t know. But who the Astros choose may well be a window into their future draft thinking.

    As to sons of famous ballplayers, how’s this? They inherited a lot of athletic talent. And daddy encouraged them to go into his business. I would rate that as just about as likely.

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